15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, May 12-14


Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate Mom at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Mother’s Day event or Diggerland’s Moms Dig Free event, Irish culture at Hoboken’s 6th Annual Irish Cultural Festival, or New Jersey’s rich history at Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair. Enjoy delicious food Middletown’s 3rd Annual Food Truck Fest, join a run at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets’ Color Vibe 5K, or take part in Newport Centre’s Project: OM.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

1. Project: OM Newport Centre
Friday, May 12, 2017 from 8:30AM to 9:00AM
This Mother’s Day Weekend, Simon Malls, Manduka, and Susan G. Komen® are proud to present Project: OM, The Yoga Class of One Million to Battle Breast Cancer. This incredible project will host the world’s largest yoga class of one million bodies. Your strong and fit minds will join Susan G. Komen® and plenty other Yoga Enthusiasts with a goal to participate and share this incredible experience while raising money for a great cause. 100% of all project:Om event donations will go to Susan G. Komen.
Newport Centre
30 Mall Drive W, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Cost: Free but please register here. Any donations that are given will go to Susan G. Komen.

2. 3rd Annual Middletown South Food Truck Fest
Friday, May 12, 2017 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM
Middletown’s Annual Food Truck Festival is back and better for a third year in a row. This delectable festival will display all of the fan favorite food trucks from last year along with several new faces. Other than the great food, there will also be a live band, DJ, Rolling Video Games, and Laser tag.
Middletown High School South
900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Cost: Free

3. 6th Annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
The 6th Annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival is finally back again. This exquisite festival will feature live entertainment, authentic Irish food, a Beer Garden sponsored by Finnegan’s Pub, Gaelic Games and an Irish Soda Bread Contest. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, moonwalk, a inflatable obstacle course, and face painting for the kids.
Frank Sinatra Park
Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

Monmouth Park Racetrack

Mother’s Day 2012, Photo via Facebook @MonmouthPark

4. Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 11:30AM to 5:30PM (Gates open at 11:30am, First race is 12:50pm)
What better way to celebrate our lovely Mothers on Mother’s Day than a trip to the park? Monmouth Race Track Park invites everyone to partake in traditions like picking a winning horse as a family, or come and start new traditions by treating Mom to a special Mother’s Day Brunch. All Mothers will receive a FREE gift with paid admission, while supplies last. There will also be raffles with great prizes such as Lady Gaga tickets, a $500 Monmouth Mall Gift Certificate, Custom jewelry from Jewelry by the Sea, and Ocean Place Resort & Spa Getaway. For the kiddies, there will also be FREE pony rides, face-painting, clowns and a bounce house. This event is a perfect family event while showing Mom appreciation.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 Adults, $5 General Parking

5. Mother’s Day Weekend
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Working Dog Winery invites everyone to partake in their Mother’s Day Weekend celebration. The festivities start on Saturday, and will feature Live music and food brought to you by DeLorenzo’s Pizza Truck. Remember to pack a chair just in case. The fun does not stop, however, on Sunday there will be delightful wine tasting accompanied by terrific music. Event goers will also have a chance to taste award winning wine while listening to Cat Moon Daddy. A continental breakfast and other assorted treats will be available to spoil your mother with, along with the popular Jersey Devil BBQ food truck. This is an event you don’t want to miss, so remember to bring the whole family to celebrate Mother’s Day the right way.
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08520
Saturday Cost: $5
Sunday Cost: $10 from 11am to 1pm (Includes continental breakfast), $5 from 1pm to 5pm

6. Spring into Bordentown
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Bordentown’s 1st Annual Spring celebration is here finally. This family friendly event will showcase music, children’s crafts, marvelous vendors, a chance to meet some of the city’s talented Artisans, the annual “Hats in Bloom” Competition, and the Franklin Carr Memorial Iris.
Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Cost: Free

Historic Smithville NJ

Children’s Festival, Photo via HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com

7. Children’s Festival
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
A fun family filled day at Historic Smithville’s Annual Children’s Festival awaits your family. This year is already set to be bigger and better with activities including: Face-painting, animals, games, and plenty of popcorn to go around. Some activities will have a fee, but rest assured that there is no entrance fee as well parking fee.
Historic Smithville – The Village Greene
615 E Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205
Cost: Free

8. Mothers Day Wine Tasting
May 13-14, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
The whole family is welcome to celebrate mom at Terhune Orchards. What better way to treat your mother than with a beautiful afternoon of wine tasting? There will be also live music, an opportunity to visit the farm store, and samples from the bakery for everyone to enjoy.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free

9. Mother’s Day Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Alba Vineyard wants to make sure you are treating your mom right for Mother’s Day with a special event filled with a wine tasting, cellar tour, food, live music, and more. Wine tastings will be $10 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of some nationally award-winning wines. Food will be available for purchase from vendors such as: Osteria Morini, Cold Stone Creamery, and The House of Cupcakes. Event goers are welcome to bring a picnic lunch as well as partake in the children’s activities or local crafters and artisans. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the NJ Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, NO alcohol, other than the wine served and sold at Alba Vineyard, may be consumed on-site. Please do not bring outside alcoholic beverages to our winery – it will be confiscated.
Alba Vineyard
269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford, NJ 08848
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 for individuals 13 to 20, $15 Adults, $10 Additional per person for Wine Tastings


Diggerland, Photo via Facebook @DiggerlandUSA

10. Moms Dig Free
Sunday, May 14, 2017 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Moms Dig Free is a great a great bonding experience for Mom and child. This Mother’s Day, Diggerland USA invites those who want to celebrate Mother’s Day like they have never celebrated before. At Diggerland, Moms can have a day of operating real heavy machinery, dig holes on the Diggers, drive skid-steers, and climb the ropes course. This is a Mother’s Day she will surely never forget.
Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Cost: $28.95 ($26.95 Online only) Under 42″ Tall, $36.95 ($31.95 Online only) 42″ Tall and Over, Moms dig free with one paid child admission.

11. Hilltop Fire Co 2. Food Truck Festival
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM
Hilltop Fire Co 2. Is hosting its very own Food Truck Festival. Attendees of this great event can enjoy some great food, drinks, and music while at the same time showing support for Netcong Hilltop Fire Co. #2. There will be 10 Gourmet Food Trucks, Craft Beer, and Live Music.
Netcong Train Station
Maint Street & Route 46, Netcong, NJ 07857
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $4 Adults

12. MD5K 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM
The Manasquan Elementary School PTO is hosting its annual Mother’s Day 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K Race on Saturday May 13, 2017. The start and finish of both races is on N. Potter Ave, Manasquan and all race day festivities will take place at The Manasquan Beach House.
Manasquan Beach House
390 East Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: $25 for Runners running the 5k who are under 18 years old, $30 for Runners running the 5k who are 18 years old and older, $20 for Runners running the 1 Mile Fun Run. Please register here.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park NJ

Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Photo via Instagram @MollyPictureStudio

13. Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair is a unique experience that allows event goers to get a taste of five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place. This year’s fair will showcase several Civil War themed programs as well as an exhibit of President Lincoln’s casket. Along with that viewing pleasure, A local Civil War reenactment will provide an honor guard for Lincoln’s casket. There will also be a Fort Delaware Cornet Band that will perform music of the era. A mix of hands-on activities include: historical games, to plowing a furrow, or participating in a military drill will be open to children and adults alike.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726
Cost: Free, $10 Suggested parking donation per vehicle

14. Color Vibe 5K – Jersey Shore
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00AM
Spring is the time to vibe, and the Color Vibe 5k is the perfect way to celebrate the spring vibes. Portions of the proceeds will also be donated back to a local charity, so be sure to invite your friends and family to this event so they won’t miss out on the fun.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
1 Premium Outlet Blvd, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under (Optional $10 Kids Kit), $29.99 Adults, Please register here.

15. Run The Hook 5K & 10K 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Run The Hook 5K & 10K in partnership with Clean Ocean Action is the ultimate run. The 5k and 10k features breathtaking views of both Atlantic Highlands and New York City, as well as offering a unique platform to run in and support charity. The event is delighted to be able to partner with Clean Ocean Action as its charitable beneficiary in 2017. A portion of the proceeds from the race will go directly towards effects to preserve and improve the quality of New Jersey’s oceans and beaches. Run The Hook challenges every runner to raise $300 among their family and friends with a overall goal of $100,000! This is 100% optional, but an amazing way to help make an even larger impact on your local community and environment.
Guardian Park
Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook, NJ 07732
Cost: Free to attend, however registration to run is officially Sold Out


Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.


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